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3rd Monday Event

Why Do Projects Fail? by Elizabeth Harrin

Date: Monday, 21st July 2008
Time: 19:00 (tea & coffee available from 18:30)
Location: Novotel, Bostock Lane, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4EP (map)
Price: Free! (non-members welcome)
Status: Went Ahead

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Many thanks to everyone who attended this event, and to Elizabeth Harrin for providing the presentation for us. A copy of the presentation is available. To download a copy click here.

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Projects are worth about 60 billion to the UK economy.Research shows that about 70% of projects fail.It doesn't take a maths genius to work out that's a lot of money at risk each year.As more and more of the routine IT work gets outsourced or off-shored, the UK is becoming a hotbed for projects.If you haven't worked on one already, chances are you will soon. This talk will cover how organisations define (or don't define) success and failure in terms of projects.We'll discuss the five main reasons why projects fail, and have a look at some examples of high profile projects that have failed to deliver. While no set of guidelines can guarantee project success, some critical factors will be presented to give your projects a fighting chance of success.And if you're in the middle of a project that is going badly, we'll look at some recovery strategies to bring projects back from the brink - including when the best option really is to cut your losses and back out gracefully.

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About the Presenter

Elizabeth Harrin MA MBCS is a project manager with Spire Healthcare. She has nearly a decade of experience in technology projects. Elizabeth is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and trained in the Six Sigma process improvement methodology. Elizabeth is the author of the BCS book " Project Management in the Real World", and writes regularly on project management topics for various business websites and magazines. She also writes the irreverent blog "A Girl's Guide to Managing Projects". Her research interests are the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders and their interactions across culturally diverse, distributed project teams.

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